Great Himalayan Trail Nepal

About Great Himalayan Trail

The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) stands as the ultimate trekking adventure, spanning approximately 1,700 kilometers across the Nepali Himalaya from east to west. To conquer this high-altitude network of trails, a combination of peak fitness and hiking experience is a must. For those not ready to tackle the full 1,700-kilometer, 148-day journey, the GHT is conveniently divided into 10 sections of varying difficulty, making it accessible to trekkers with varying abilities. The trail’s journey begins in Nepal, nestled to the north of India, on the cusp of the Tibetan Plateau. Here, the air is rarified, the land is rugged, and the people, of Tibetan origin and Buddhist tradition, are hardy. Along this path, you’ll encounter Everest, the Sherpa people, ancient trading routes to Mount Kailash, lush jungles in the south, diverse hill communities, and a tapestry of spiritual and cultural riches. The GHT’s history traces back to 1980, with a visionary concept to extend it over 4,500 kilometers through multiple countries. Although that remains a concept, the Nepali section has become a reality, thanks in part to record-holding adventurers like Apa Sherpa and his team, who completed it in just 99 days. To embark on this journey, you need an exceptional level of fitness, ice climbing skills for the eastern end, adaptability to uncertain conditions, and extensive trekking and mountaineering experience. Thankfully, the trail can be divided into smaller, manageable sections, ranging from one to four weeks, catering to various fitness levels, budgets, and time constraints, allowing you to customize your epic Himalayan adventure.

Mindful Trails

The Great Himalaya Trail has positive impact treks from a week to multiple months in Nepal, Bhutan and India. Trek in your own style, at your own pace, and all you only need to decide is when to take the first step.

We hope you enjoy this site and find all the information you need to plan and do your GHT trek across the Himalaya. We’re here to help you plan, so if you have any questions, please get in touch and let’s make your GHT happen.

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GHT Code of Conduct

We took the time to to talk to as many people involved in the GHT as possible to come up with a GHT Code of Conduct that makes sense to everyone involved and is much more likely to be followed than ignored – we hope that you agree?
Please take the time to learn the GHT Code of Conduct and apply it as much as possible.

GHT Code: Community

  • Respect cultures and traditions – be a considerate guest, understand protocol, offer appropriate gifts when necessary, ask before taking a photo, do not show affection in public, and donations to gompas or shrines are appreciated.
  • Benefit local communities, commercially and socially – share skills and experience, teach when you can, offer a fair pay for services, participate in activities. Do not encourage begging, publicly argue, drink excessively or fight.
  • Adopt new customs – do not wear tight or revealing clothing, do not enter someone’s home unless invited, avoid touching people of the opposite sex, do not use your left hand to eat or pass objects and try to learn as much Nepali as possible.

GHT Code: Environment

  • Tread softly – stick to trails and recognised camping areas. Avoid creating new tracks, or damaging the environment in any way. Follow the adage: take only photos and leave only footprints.
  • Pack it in, pack it out – avoid taking tins, glass, or plastic containers and bags unless you plan to carry them back to Kathmandu or Pokhara. Wash away from water sources and always use local toilet facilities when available. Bury all organic waste at least 30cm below the ground and ideally 50m away from water sources.
  • Conserve natural resources – what few resources there are belong by right to the locals. Always ask permission before using anything along the trail. It is illegal to disturb wildlife, to remove animals or plants, or to buy wildlife products.

GHT Code: Always Safety First

  • Beware of altitude sickness – use the buddy system to watch for symptoms of altitude sickness. Make sure everyone remains fully hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, every day. Stay together along the trail, and communicate frequently with everyone.
  • Be safe – carry an extensive first-aid kit and know how to use it. Have multiple plans for emergency evacuation and designate decision-makers. Leave your itinerary details with someone responsible at home. Beware of yaks and other animals on narrow trails!
  • Be self-reliant – don’t assume you will receive help or assistance. Ensure your group has extensive field-craft and navigation skills. Research thoroughly, is your route appropriate for your party? Do you have the necessary skills, experience, resources and equipment?

Important notes

  • Walking times, both of total trek duration and daily walking times are for the average trekker of good fitness and you will probably not walk exactly the same time. Measure your walking pace against those stated and you should find that it is consistently different. You can then calculate your relative walking time for each day. Note that the walking times quoted do not include any rest breaks.
  • Total trek durations are for itineraries that begin and end in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Quoted altitudes have an average accuracy of + or -15m; however, considering trail and demographic changes, it is wise to assume a general accuracy of + or -50m.
  • Place names are given in their most common form but pronunciation may vary considerably.
  • Directions are given as you look ahead, or in the direction of movement along the trail. When referenced to a water course, directions are given as the ‘true’ direction (facing downstream) so, ‘true left’ is the left bank of a river while facing downstream.
  • Make sure you are not over committing yourself. Your mental and physical health combined with environmental factors can affect your trekking speed on a daily basis.

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